“I make the worst art when I’m comfortable,” admits The Drums founder and frontman Jonny Pierce. Fortunately for fans, he has been down in the dumps of late, which augurs well for his first album for new label Anti Records.

Abysmal Thoughts is scheduled for release in June and the first single is entitled Blood Under My Belt; check it out below.

Following the departure of guitarist Jacob Graham, the new album from The Drums is essentially a solo effort from Pierce and was recorded in home studios in Los Angeles and his cabin in upstate New York.

“Happiness can be confusing to me,” says Pierce. “It shows up out of nowhere, and before you can even get used to it, it’s vanished. But Abysmal Thoughts? I can rely on them and with the political chaos that is raining down, who knows when these dark feelings will subside? The stuff that resonates with me the longest – and that resonates with others – is always the stuff that comes out of my misery.”